Sunday, November 4, 2012

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World at a Glance

The film with the title of Seeking a Friend for the End of the World brings within its acts Steve Carell, an Academy Globe winner, playing the character known as Dodge of a man who has been characterized by a cynic emotionally stunted life and thus the announcement that the world is about to end in a literal fashion as a result of asteroid that is oncoming becomes rather inconvenient to him. Before Dodge could process the proclamations of the doomsday, Linda, his wife, a part acted by Nancy, his real wife, runs away to spend some crucial last day moments with the real man she has always loved.

Thus, Dodge is left alone, presently vacant and obviously heartbroken and ends up a man fearing that the last days of his life in planet earth will be a waste in the same way his real life has been over the years. As fate would have it, a neighbour living downstairs, known as Penny (Keira Knightley) materializes on the fire escape of Doge, her eyes welled up in tears and is lamenting the recent breakup she had and is lamenting the fact that she is going to meet the doomsday already proclaimed alone with her family being thousands of miles away in the heart of England. Obviously, the Seeking a Friend for the End of the World has taken off. Rioting and anarchy follows suit and both Penny and Dodge have to make some pact that she helps him to drive to find his real true love for the last time ever and in  turn, Dodge will get her into some plane to take her all the way to England.

Keira Knightley
However, the road trip both of them engages becomes one where every destination is desired but rightly veers into some unexpected and even greater detours not of geography but of the soul and the heart. In Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Lorene Scafaria makes her directorial d├ębut amidst writing the movie’s script and remembered for her work on Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist as the screenwriter. Scafaria is a first time director who depicts some potential in scene composition as well as visual storytelling with the script she has come up with being highly enlivened by a number of insightful, interesting and amusing tit bits of how the world could end up being in case the end was known and at hand. There is no sci-fi influence and those hoping for it will be disappointed. The hope of an apocalyptic turn of events is only a premise that remains thus.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World from one scene to the next provides some stops of episodes across the road trip that pleases a long the way in a rather greater frequency more than they ever will disappoint. The highlights of these episodes is that some of the important things considered as such before the menacing doom have now been forgotten and parties have become unbridled hedonism with happiness that has been fuelled by drugs.

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